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Old 08-12-2017, 02:42 PM   #11
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Think im gonna hold off to find a diesel version. While this one was super clean and low miles, it just did not feel right on test drive. Seemed to no have the power on start/ stops on hills. Made me worry as to how it would perform after adding 1500lbs to it! I also happen to live 15 miles from the base of Skyline Drive in VA.........so the search goes on. I dont mind paying a little premium for a nice unit, but this one just didnt cut it. After returning from dealer I saw two posts reflecting 5-6 mpg!!!! SOoooo glad I decided to wait for a diesel now
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Old 12-20-2017, 06:26 PM   #12
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Revival of my Build Thread. Would not have thought im still searching all this time later. Should I settle for less than what I want? Who knows, my wants seem to change a lot.

The reason for the revival of the thread is that I have FINALLY added some pics of components atleast. Seems I have nearly everything but the vehicle
**Note: For those that choose to check out my album with pics,
1 Any questions on components just ask and I can add websites and pricing. Just too lazy atm
2 I did not include "smalls" like wires, fuses, breakers, connectors etc. If you have questions on what I am going to use for a certain installation just ask, I can add and do descriptions. Again too lazy atm
3 As I am still hunting for the vehicle, if you have ideas for a better choice in a certain component by all means feel free to discuss.



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Old 12-20-2017, 07:16 PM   #13
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3 As I am still hunting for the vehicle, if you have ideas for a better choice in a certain component by all means feel free to discuss.



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You mentioned shuttle earlier- I had one and they are very easy to drive, but they are built to a different Standard. The fiberglass tends to leak and create building challenges.

Get a real-deal steel-short bus with a diesel on a 3800 chassis. What is your bus budget and do you have parking?
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Old 12-20-2017, 07:27 PM   #14
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Being a single guy, (divorced 44yo) with no kids or attatchments, I am pretty open to budget. While I dont have a Prevost wallet, Im certainly not looking for Woodstock look either. That is my personal issue i guess. I just like some Shuttles FAR more than a schoolie. This is my unicorn:
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Old 12-20-2017, 07:35 PM   #15
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Something similar but 1 row of seats longer (thats a 10 pass). AND with a diesel engine. I just like the look and roofline. It is made by Turtle Top, which from what I have dug up is even superior to ElDorado body in respect to scoring for federal rollover and crush standards.
That one is still for sale for $6900. But gas and too short. If i have not found something similar by spring, I will be forced to compromise. Therefore I have started to dip my toe into the "Shoolie Shorty" community. So By all means feel free to give pros/ cons on anything in this thread.
As far as budget......I have already purchased nearly EVERYTHING for the build.....I know, kinda backwards buying parts before the vehicle, but this road has had a few turns, u turns, pit stops, and layovers
My lease is up 10/30/18. I originally wanted to give myself a full year for build out and buying parts. But since finding the "right" vehicle has taken so long I seemed to have finished buying. At least the big stuff. So now spring is it. I gotta start the build by april max.
But...I think 12k will be my max for vehicle.....INCLUDING any immediate repairs needed when purchased.
And parking no issue. Church behind house im renting. When complete it will be moved to a "Private Campground" (gated w/ security)
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Old 12-20-2017, 10:02 PM   #16
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A gated campground? How about a natural gas campfire too?
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Old 12-20-2017, 11:09 PM   #17
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Its a place in Va where you own your land. Some lots very cheap. The deal is you can only stay there like 200 days of the year. They are open year round so u can go whenever.....its to prevent people from moving in trailers and such living year round on a campsite pedestal. They had probs in past and are very up front about it. Lots of the type you wouldnt sleep too soundly around. But new owners group took it on and evicted/ forced sale/ and cleared it out.

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Figure i prob use it 100 times year. But I couldnt pass up 2 adjacent lots central to a new shower house(even tho i plan to have one on board), Lake, and Community center/ arcade/ mini store/and a dump site. Both lots have 60Amp service, and cable tv hookup. Got the 2 lots for 1500 for both. $1500 year member dues includes everything....incl elect. Water hookups there also, billed seperatly

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Old 12-21-2017, 12:26 AM   #18
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I can understand the appeal of a safe place to camp. That's an issue everywhere.

We've also had folks living in tiny camp trailers and even cars over monopolizing the campgrounds even during the winter. The campgrounds have been free to use for years, but not anymore. There are always going to be some people that take advantage.

I like to park this bus on mountain tops on logging roads. I'm seldom in the same place twice. There are no hookups of any kind. There is cell service and an incredible view when at the top of a ridge. I'm not quite set up to be comfortable off the grid yet, but I'm getting there.
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Old 12-21-2017, 06:50 PM   #19
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Being a single guy, (divorced 44yo) with no kids or attatchments, I am pretty open to budget. While I dont have a Prevost wallet, Im certainly not looking for Woodstock look either. That is my personal issue i guess. I just like some Shuttles FAR more than a schoolie. This is my unicorn:
That is a sexy looking shuttle. I hope you find one! -Hillary
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Old 12-21-2017, 07:59 PM   #20
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shuttles definitely have the advantages of usually having dashboard A/C for driving, nicer windows, being van based parts are easy to get.. some shuttles ive been in seem to be fairly wide too... they definitely come in varying lengths.. a dealer in new york, don brown bus sales seems to have quite a few at any given time.. midwest transit as well.. I dont know if they end up on the auxction sites at all or not.. youll have to shop around for a good deal.. an d remember you can talk a dealer down just like you do with a car..
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